pre-proccessed languages do suck, a lot. Java is slower than VB. anything in .NET isn't worth learning, it's slower than the VB runtime and slower than Java. C++ rocks monkey butt, apart from the fact that it takes so long to do everything and requires lots of knowledge and experience to make an equivilant to a Visual Basic program, with the graphics that is. But the overal out come would be faster running, smaller file size and les dependant on everthing like OCXs. Microsoft Visual C++ replace Microsoft Visual Basic, but have the same GUI design so that it's completely easy to make fast programs in C++ but, being C++ it would be so much better than Visual Basic.
PRE-PROCESSED LANGUAGES SUCK.